Monday, August 3, 2009

Analogy Help

I've debated this with a couple of friends, and we all come up with different answers.

So, practicing law without a license is a big no-no in any jurisdiction, which means even after you've graduated from law school and received that sweet, sweet Juris Doctorate, you're still the equivalent of someone who got a master's in Russian literature. You might as well go pierce your tongue and start working at a Starbucks until you've passed the bar.

Some think that once you've graduated law school, you're a "lawyer," and once you've passed the bar, you're an "attorney." This distinction has never made any sense to me, since that would imply "lawyers" aren't really supposed to be practicing law.

I've always considered a law school graduate kind of like a fetus lawyer, and someone who has passed the bar a real baby. The summer after graduation? The long, icky process of labor.

My friend Chris thinks that when you graduate you're a baby, and when you pass the bar, it's like you're an adult, ready to go out into the world. He thinks the three years of law school should be analogous to the three trimesters - and if you abort yourself in the first year, no one thinks the worse of you, but if you tap out during 2L or 3L ... well, that's a bit more tragic. (I think that this analogy is a little too in-depth, but I will acknowledge mine is a little thin on details.)

Anyone out there want to weigh in on the proper description of a law grad with no ability to practice law? We did not discuss the repercussions of bar failure on the lawyer-as-baby analogy, because that would be depressing, but now that it's all over, feel free to toss out suggestions.


  1. A JD Degree is like Dr. Nick.

    The Bar Exam is like Dr. Hibbert.

    They're both insane, but only one is licensed.

  2. Law graduate = a fish out of water. You are a fish, but you can't swim without water.

    New Attorney = a small freshwater fish in a saltwater pool full of sharks, enjoy the swim. :)